Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mike Baird selected to become New South Wales premier

Sean Nicholls New Premier Mike Baird has foreshadowed changes to the way lobbyists operate in NSW, declaring people are ‘‘incredibly disappointed and shocked’’ at what has unfolded before the Independent...

10 questions Mike Baird must answer

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Sean Nicholls Mike Baird is set to become the state's 44th premier this afternoon after the shock resignation of Barry O'Farrell over misleading the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

NSW Liberals' right wing outraged at Baird, Berejiklian deal

Sean Nicholls A deal struck between Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian to become leader and deputy leader of the NSW Liberals is threatening to spark a factional brawl by outraging the party's right wing, which is...

Mike Baird set to be next NSW Premier

Mike Baird

Sean Nicholls NSW Treasurer Mike Baird, who is tipped to become the state's next premier, says there is ''no one in this state who wouldn't want that job and that privilege''.

Premier never matched great expectations

Fairfax Media writer

Sean Nicholls It didn't take long for the brick bats to start flying Barry O'Farrell's way. Within hours of his resignation, one Liberal source declared his decision was unsurprising because "he was never prepared...

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Ruined: NSW government in crisis

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont The NSW government is in crisis less than a year before its first re-election test after Premier Barry O'Farrell announced his resignation following revelations he misled a corruption inquiry.

Mike Baird, Gladys Berejiklian urged to put up hands for top job

baird-berejiklian

Sean Nicholls Shellshocked Liberal MPs will meet at 3pm on Thursday to elect a replacement for Barry O'Farrell as leader following his dramatic resignation as NSW Premier.

Barry O'Farrell resigns: Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian leading contenders to be next NSW premier

Baird and Gladys

Sean Nicholls and Josephine Tovey There are two contenders to take over from Barry O'Farrell as NSW Premier after his resignation, but Liberal party sources claim the numbers remain "very fluid".

Water turns to wine at ICAC

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Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont, Sean Nicholls Barry O'Farrell has categorically denied at a corruption inquiry that he received a $3000 bottle of wine from the head of the water company linked to the Obeid family.

ICAC hearing: Barry O'Farrell denies knowledge of Penfolds Grange wine gift

Barry O'Farrell.

Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont, Sean Nicholls Premier Barry O'Farrell has categorically denied to a corruption inquiry that he received a $3000 bottle of wine from the head of a company linked to the Obeid family.

Nick Di Girolamo sent Barry O'Farrell a $3000 bottle of Penfolds Grange, ICAC hears

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Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont, Sean Nicholls A prominent Liberal Party fund-raiser and associate of the Obeid family "buttered up" NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell by sending him a $3000 bottle of Grange, a corruption inquiry has heard.

Revealed: push to sell dog track

Wentworth Park

Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko, Sean Nicholls The greyhound racetrack at Wentworth Park would be sold off for a billion-dollar residential development to fund two new sporting arenas in western Sydney under a controversial pitch to the NSW...

Late-night pubs in Kings Cross and CBD to face new fees: George Souris

Pubs

Sean Nicholls Pubs, clubs and other venues will be hit with annual fees of up to $24,500 under a new risk-based liquor licensing scheme announced by the NSW government.

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ICAC: Tony Kelly nickname tells a tale of blissful ignorance

ICAC.AFR.9 APRIL 2014.Photo by ROB HOMER ........ TONY KELLY former state labor minister arriving at the icac inquiry,he will be questioned into his deaing with australian water holdings. ICAC.AFR.9 APRIL 2014.Photo by ROB HOMER ........ TONY KELLY former state labor minister arriving at the icac inquiry,he will be questioned into his deaing with australian water holdings.

Sean Nicholls Former NSW treasurer Michael Costa's nickname for his colleague Tony Kelly was "the Jed Clampett of Parliament", according to the memoir of their former colleague Frank Sartor.

Sydney Water expected to demand return of money obtained fraudulently by Australian Water Holdings

Fairfax Media writer

Sean Nicholls Sydney Water will demand the return of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars from an infrastructure firm linked to the family of former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid if corruption authorities...

Libs, hotels boss, reject impropriety

Paul Nicolaou

Sean Nicholls NSW chief executive of the Australian Hotels Association Paul Nicolaou has remained at the helm of the Liberal Party's fund-raising body, the Millennium Forum, despite taking on the role of pubs...

Campbell Newman met Nick Di Girolamo following $5000 donation

Campbell Newman

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has admitted meeting with Liberal identity Nick Di Girolamo while Brisbane lord mayor in 2007, but says he would have been unlikely to agree had he known it was...

Paul Keating attacks Sydney Botanic Gardens plan

Keating

Sean Nicholls Paul Keating has blasted as an "atrocity" a draft masterplan for the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain and has suggested those behind the proposal "hang their heads in shame".

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Labor Party expels Michael Williamson, Craig Thomson

Craig Thomson

Sean Nicholls Disgraced former union officials Michael Williamson and Craig Thomson have been formally expelled from the Labor Party at a meeting of the NSW administrative committee.

More than 700 excluded from The Star casino

The Star

Sean Nicholls More than 700 people were banned from entering the Star casino last financial year, including 154 at the direction of NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione.